Pain: Abolishing a Necessary Evil Donald C. Lay Jr., PhD, Research Leader, Livestock Behavior Research Unit, USDA, talks about the notion of pain in animals and how research is being done to reduce or eliminate animal pain. New regulations, policies, and consumer demands are driving food animal producers to develop new approaches to raising livestock.
Regionalization and Risk Assessments: Tools for Decision - Making in a Global Market - Lisa A. Ferguson, DVM, National Director, Policy Permitting and Regulatory Services, USDA, APHIS, VS, National Import/Export Services, from the 2014 NIAA Annual Conference titled The Precautionary Principle: How Agriculture Will Thrive, March 31 - April 2, 2014, Omaha, NE, USA.
PEDv Lab Update - Butch Baker, DVM MS, Interim Director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center, ISU Extension and Outreach, Iowa State University, from the 2014 NIAA Annual Conference titled The Precautionary Principle: How Agriculture Will Thrive, March 31 - April 2, 2014, Omaha, NE, USA.
State of PEDv Lisa Becton, DVM MS DACVPM, Director, National Pork Board, reviews the current state of the PEDv research that has been funded. Dr. Becton provides an historical review and then outlines the focus on the research going forward. Key outcomes include communication tools development and use to insure all parts of the swine ecosystem have information to reduce the risks of PEDv.
Veterinary Services' Current Swine Activities and Updates Troy Bigelow, DVM, USDA, APHIS, VS, NCAHP, outlines the major swine health surveillance initiatives that are in play. Diseases, like pseudorabies and swine brucellosis, are monitored on a regular basis. Tool have been developed to identify hotspots, risks are assessed, and communications integration with other organizations is setup. Improvements have been identified and resources (dollars and people) are continuously being worked on.
Being Prepared For Anything Ms. Cindy Cunningham, Assistant Vice President of Communications, National Pork Board, helps explain plans in place to allow the pork industry to function if there is a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak. Ms. Cunningham also highlights the research on vaccinations in progress and what role communication plays in the event of a crisis.
If Not Vaccination, Then What? James Roth, DVM, Director, Center for Food Security and Public Health and Executive Director, Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics, Iowa State University, talks specifically about foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccinations: its availability, effectiveness, and limitations. Dr. Roth uses the lessons learned from porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) to highlight approaches to handling animal diseases: what works and what needs adjusting.